Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Experience Urbane Refinement with Honda's Crossover CR-V

Picture busy cityscape on weekdays followed by soothing countryside scenery on weekends.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have that one vehicle that can naturally handle both fast-paced modern living and that much-needed breather on the rural side?  The refreshed 2010 CR-V does well in these opposing landscapes with ease.  Having the right blend of refinement, ride and drive comfort, and generous cargo room, the CR-V lets you live a crossover lifestyle for all your life’s adventure.

Inner-city roads and tight spaces are the usual concern for SUVs.  The CR-V is a practically-sized SUV that lets city dwellers get around congested roads effortlessly, thereby eliminating the hassle of hauling heavy, full-sized SUVs.  With its compact body and adjusted suspension settings, the CR-V is remarkably nimble, easy to maneuver and has quicker steering response.  But don’t let its compact size fool you.  The CR-V prides itself with the biggest cabin and cargo room in its class, making it the ideal vehicle for families and for towing loads of cargo.

Using sedan-based platform, the CR-V has etched a reputation in excellent ride comfort.   To complement such ride pleasure, Honda added seals and insulators to reduce noise, vibrations and harshness levels.  Reduced road noise makes your trip even more relaxing.


Apart from high quality performance, the CR-V is a looker.  The 2010 CR-V is uniquely designed for those who appreciate the finer things in life.  It exudes urbane styling with its two step front grille with honeycomb design, refreshed bumpers and alloy wheel designs.  Its revitalized front-end styling balances smoothly with the CR-V’s clean lines and premium finish.

All these and more make the CR-V a staple name in its category.  That is why it has earned growing demand here in the local scene.  For year 2010, cumulative CR-V sales (January – April) showed 15% increase as compared to the same period of the previous year.

The CR-V also leads in providing security and safety as it earned international honors for its advanced safety features.  The 2010 CR-V received 5-star frontal and 5-star side-impact crash-test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  NHTSA is a U.S. Government agency, part of the Department of Transportation, responsible for setting safety standards and verifying compliance by automobile manufacturers.  Five-star rating, the highest rating possible, represents 10% or less chance of serious injury. 

As a manufacturer of high quality vehicles fitted with modern technologies, Honda products have been known for its reliability and high resale value.  The Kelley Blue Book, one of the most trusted sources in the U.S. for used car values, bestowed the 2010 CR-V with Best Resale Value Award in both Compact Utility Vehicle and Top 10 Categories. 

Be it here or abroad, the CR-V is recognized as a true crossover SUV that delivers pleasurable ride comfort of a sedan and ample space of an SUV, sheathed in a stylishly sophisticated body.  Over-all, the CR-V presents a reflection of the distinctively refined taste of its market. 

Crossover to the 2010 Honda CR-V and keep up with the demands of urban living.  Visit any of the 26 Honda dealers nationwide and request for a test drive.  Remember to try before you buy.  Be smart! Test drive!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Relatively bargain priced Nike Trainer SC 2010 Manny Pacquiao spotted...

...at one of Nike's factory outlets for less than P4,000.  The only catch?  They only have size 11 pairs in stock.


Images are from SneakerNews.com.

I would've bought one of they only had a pair in my size... *sigh*

Monday, May 10, 2010

Motolite-powered electric vehicles join Earth Day motorcade

Motolite, the country’s leading automotive battery brand, supported the Earth Day pollution-free motorcade held last 22 April 2010, by powering electric vehicles like the REVA, the e-Jeepney, and the e-Trike. The motorcade, which was themed “Electric Vehicles, Bicycles, and Miss Earth: Making Waves in the Metro” started off from the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) compound at Visayas Avenue in Quezon City at 7:00 am, traversing EDSA with the early morning traffic to end at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

 
Motolite-powered REVA...


Motivated to discover cleaner and cheaper alternative sources of energy as part of its corporate social responsibility, Motolite is a recognized prime mover behind pollution-free electric vehicles in the country. By improving on its patented golf cart battery technology, Motolite has been able to produce a stronger, more reliable battery which can endure the extreme demands of public transportation, such as the e-Jeepney. Several local governments have adopted the e-Jeepneys, notably Makati City, Bacolod City, and Puerto Princesa City.

 
...and Motolite-powered e-Jeepney


According to Motolite marketing manager Melissa Valdez, “As a Filipino company, Motolite is always happy to support initiatives that will help ensure a cleaner environment for future generations.” Aside from its support for electric vehicles, Motolite has also been at the forefront of an environmental protection program that encourages proper recycling of used lead acid batteries through its Balik-Baterya advocacy.

Motolite batteries are manufactured by Philippine Batteries, Inc. (PBI), the largest manufacturer, exporter and distributor of automotive, motorcycle and industrial battery products and solutions in the Philippines. Its fully integrated facility in Sta. Maria, Bulacan, is one of the largest and most modern battery manufacturing facilities in Southeast Asia. It also has the country’s only ISO 14001-certified, environmentally-compliant recycling facility, the second biggest in Asia.

2010 Suzuki SX4 Aero and Crossover models launched in spectacular magic show and Vegas style production numbers

Satoshi Uchida, president of Suzuki Philippines, the country’s only integrated motoring company, disappeared onstage and magically reappeared in the 2010 Suzuki SX4 Aero, at the recent product launch held last April 28, 2010, at Le Pavillion, Pasay City. This was the highlight of a magic show topbilled by master magician Mr. Cris Castro. Shortly after, the long-awaited SX4 Crossover model was revealed after a rousing Las Vegas style production number by the Club Mwah performers.
 

The upgraded Suzuki SX4 Aero... 

Unveiled with accompanying magic and mystery, the new Suzuki SX4 Aero is the sedan version which has been completely restyled with a sportier profile and more aggressive front grille. A rear spoiler with third brake light, 17” alloy wheels and rear disc brakes make this sedan a looker.

Sharing the same basic specifications as the Suzuki SX4 Crossover, the SX4 Aero now boasts of a more powerful M16A engine, a 1600cc 16-valve DOHC engine with variable-valve timing (VVT). Mated to a 4-speed gate-type automatic transmission, it is able to deliver maximum output of 110hp at 5,600rpm and maximum torque of 150Nm at 3,800rpm.

Also a Japan-made import, the Suzuki SX4 Aero is offered in snow white pearl, star silver metallic and super black pearl, and retails for P 890,000.

Meanwhile, the Suzuki SX4 Crossover is expected to be an instant hit among Filipino car enthusiasts, carving out a niche as a compact crossover vehicle. Designed by automotive hall of fame designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Italdesign studio, the units sold in the Philippines are imported as completely built-up units (CBU) from Japan, ensuring its build quality.

 
... and the all-new Suzuki SX4 Crossover

It is equipped with new features such as honeycomb type front grille, fender arch, roof rails, all wheel disc brakes and 16” alloy wheels. More power and better fuel efficiency are the hallmarks of its new M16A engine, a 1600cc 16-valve DOHC engine with variable-valve timing (VVT). Mated to a 4-speed gate-type automatic transmission, it is able to deliver maximum output of 110hp at 5,600rpm and maximum torque of 150Nm at 3,800rpm. Likewise, occupant safety is assured by a high rigidity body that utilizes Suzuki’s proprietary TECT (Total Effective Control Technology) as well as dual air bags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and keyless entry.

On the inside, the instrument cluster serves as a virtual information center with a fuel consumption gauge, fuel range and digital clock. The audio system has also been upgraded to deliver surround sound experience via a 8-speaker system consisting of 4 door speakers and 4 door-mounted tweeters. External music players can be connected through an auxiliary port, while the in-dash CD player is mp3-compatible. Audio controls are mounted on the leather-wrapped steering wheel for easy access.

Plush seat fabric material, all-power features, and chrome inner door handles all add to the luxe-feel. A spacious cargo area and passenger seat under tray complete the Suzuki SX4 Crossover package. It is offered in three colors: sunlight copper metallic, super black pearl, and star silver metallic, and priced competitively at P899,000.